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Richard Romano

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Premium Content In Praise of Data: How PRIMIR Industry Research Can Improve Your Business

Published April 12, 2018

The Association for Print Technologies (APTech), through its PRIMIR Research Unit and Market Data programs, provides a wealth of woefully underutilized industry research that can be of great practical use to all the links in the print supply chain—not just suppliers and vendors but print service providers, as well. Read on to see how.

 

Premium Content A Wrap to Remember: Kennickell Group Turns Harbour Town Lighthouse Plaid

Published April 10, 2018

If you watch the RBC Heritage Golf Classic this week, pay attention to the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse. In a first-of-its-kind wrap project undertaken by Savannah, Ga.’s Kennickell Group, the 90-foot structure had its red stripes converted to plaid to commemorate the event’s 50th anniversary. Read on to find out more about the company’s dramatic growth in the wide-format market and how the unique project came about.

 

Premium Content InPrint Industrial Inkjet Conference to Highlight the Intersection of Industrial and Commercial Printing

Published April 9, 2018

Inkjet technologies have been blurring, or completely eliminating, the lines between commercial and industrial printing. But understanding new print applications and new print markets involves more than technology. We talk with Frazer Chesterman, Director of FM Brooks, which is bringing the InPrint Industrial Print Conference to Chicago next month, about the dwindling distinction between industrial and commercial printing and the opportunities that are emerging.

 

Premium Content Post-Reed, Communities Reevaluate their Sign Codes

Published April 3, 2018

The landmark 2015 Supreme Court case Reed v. Town of Gilbert turned a sign code issue into a First Amendment battle. Three years later, its effects are still being felt throughout the signage industry—for good or ill. Read on for some of the latest developments in signage regulations.

 

Premium Content The Traditional Meets the Technological at Sign Expo 2018

Published March 26, 2018

The International Sign Association (ISA) Sign Expo 2018 was held in Orlando, Fla., last week. Channel letters, magnetic signage, neon lighting, LED displays, digital displays, 3D printing, and wide-format and display graphics in all their various incarnations were being showcased. Read on for some highlights from the show.

 

Latest WhatTheyThink Webinar Looked at the Current Economic Climate and Print Business Conditions

Published March 16, 2018

Last Wednesday, Dr. Joe Webb presented his quarterly economic conditions webinar, which included a look at the overall macroeconomic environment as well as current printing industry business conditions. Read on for a brief summary of what Dr. Webb discussed.

 

Premium Content For SpeedPro Imaging Apex, Networking Is One of the Keys to Success

Published March 12, 2018

Less than two years ago, Mark Simmons left the retail world and launched a SpeedPro Imaging franchise in Apex, N.C. A knack for networking, a talented in-house designer, and a vibrant local business environment have helped drive Simmons’ success.

 

Premium Content The Shapes of Things to Come: Direct-to-Object Printing Bridges the Gap Between Industrial and Commercial

Published March 6, 2018

New systems are emerging that can print directly onto three-dimensional objects, especially cups, glasses, and bottles, to serve what is emerging as a lucrative promotional drinkware market. In this feature, Richard Romano looks at direct-to-object offerings from Xerox, Inkcups, and Engineered Printing Solutions.

 

Premium Content Kodak Aims to “Take Print Further” at Customer Event

Published March 2, 2018

At a “Taking Print Further” customer and media event this week in Rochester, N.Y., Kodak offered some forward-looking trend presentations, new product announcements for both cutting-edge and legacy systems, and customer panels. Read about Kodak’s commitment to the print industry.

 

Expand Beyond Signage at the Upcoming ISA Sign Expo

Published February 20, 2018

ISA Sign Expo 2018 heads to Orlando next month, with four days of educational sessions and a packed exhibition floor. Richard Romano spoke with Brandon Hensley, ISA’s Chief Operating Officer, and Iain Mackenzie, ISA’s VP of Meetings & Events, about new show features and some returning favorites.

 

Premium Content The [Office] Space Age: Signs By Tomorrow Transforms the American Diabetes Association’s New Headquarters

Published February 12, 2018

Environmental or experiential graphics are a growing trend in signage, with sign shops using the latest display graphics technologies and substrates to transform office spaces. As a result, sign and display graphics providers are working more closely with interior designers and architecture firms. Case in point: Signs By Tomorrow’s interior graphics for the American Diabetes Association’s new headquarters.

 

Premium Content The State of Labels and Packaging

Published February 6, 2018

We have a new report out, the Printing Forecast 2018, based in large part on the results of our Fall 2017 Print Business Outlook survey. There is quite a lot in the 172-page report, but here are some highlights specific to label and packaging printing. Thus far, commercial plants don't see tremendous opportunities in digital label or packaging—but that may be changing.

 

Sixth Annual NPOA Print Business Owners Conference Will Offer Inspiration and Hands-On Training

Published February 5, 2018

The NPOA Annual Print Owners Conference sails to the Riverside Hotel in Fort Lauderdale on February 22 to 24. The three-day event includes a dozen sessions that cover the waterfront of business, technology, and marketing issues important to small and md-size print business owners.

 

Highlights of the WhatTheyThink Printing Forecast 2018

Published February 5, 2018

WhatTheyThink’s Forecast 2018 report, by Dr. Joe Webb and Richard Romano provides detailed analysis of the most recent Print Business Outlook Survey, the latest industry economic data and macroeconomic trends, as well as industry and cultural technological trends to look out for in 2018.

 

Premium Content Open Wide: The State of Wide-Format Printing

Published January 23, 2018

We have a new report out, the Printing Forecast 2018, based in large part on the results of our Fall 2017 Business Conditions Outlook survey. There is quite a lot in the 172-page report, but here are some highlights specific to wide-format printing.

 

Premium Content This Point Forward: A Look Ahead at 2018

Published January 9, 2018

Personal voice assistants and the Internet of Things, wide-format graphics and specialty printing—what are some of the new (and old!) technologies to which we should pay attention and how will they affect us in 2018?

 

2017: A Look In the Rear-View Mirror

Published December 15, 2017

More industry consolidation in response to decreased demand. Yet, encouraging business conditions, and challenges with managing productivity. Meanwhile, inkjet continues to conquer the world and new print product and business opportunities emerge in strange new places. Let’s take a look back at the year that was.

 

Premium Content Apocalypse Soon? Retail’s Troubles and What They Mean for POP Printers

Published December 5, 2017

Brick and mortar retailer has been struggling with foot traffic. According to early estimates all signs are pointing to more ecommerce, less in-person commerce this holiday season. What does this mean for retail graphics?

 

Xerox Sets the Page Free at NYC’s 92nd Street Y

Published November 13, 2017

The company’s unique rebranding project resulted in an anthology of current authors writing about work, a series of videos, and a book launch event with author readings at New York’s venerable 92nd Street Y.

 

Ink Migration and Food Safety Take Center Stage at Inaugural Radtech Packaging Conference

Published October 31, 2017

Radtech’ first UV+EB Packaging Conference last week featured suppliers, vendors, and brand owners surveying the current packaging landscape, with an emphasis on food packaging and safety.

 

“Industrial Printing” Takes Center Stage at SGIA Expo 2017

Published October 24, 2017

What turned out to be the penultimate SGIA Expo featured an emphasis on “industrial printing”—a nebulous but increasingly common term for what mainstream printing may be morphing into.

 

Winds of Change: SGIA Expo to Become PRINT United; New “Mega-Show” to Launch in 2019

Published October 11, 2017

New Orleans may have dodged a bullet when Tropical Storm Nate veered to the east, but strong winds of change were nonetheless buffeting the Ernest Morial Convention Center, as 2017’s SGIA Expo opened on Tuesday with the surprising—some even thought shocking—news that the long-beloved Expo was undergoing a major change.

 

Premium Content Executive Summary: Mid-Year 2017 Business Conditions Survey

Published October 4, 2017

This executive report is based on the latest results of the WhatTheyThink print executive survey. It details the state of the industry at mid-2017 and looks ahead to what can be expected, economically and technologically, as we head toward 2018. The foundation of the report is the WhatTheyThink Printing Industry Survey of June 2017. This survey of more than 300 industry executives gauged their current business conditions, top business challenges, and planned investments for 2018. They also described how the volume for offset, color digital, black-and-white digital, and wide-format printing, as well as non-print-based services has changed.

 

SGIA Expo 2017 Heads to The Big Easy

Published September 19, 2017

Next month, the annual SGIA Expo heads to Bayou Country, with more than 50 educational sessions and one of the biggest show floors in the U.S. Here is a preview of what this year’s show offers.

 

Premium Content Mid-Year Progress Report: 2017 So Far

Published August 27, 2017

We’re mercifully more than halfway through 2017. How is the industry faring thus far compared to last year? Our new Economics and Research Center report looks at the latest economic, technological, and cultural trends affecting the industry.

 

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